The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump at 62 percent disapproval in AP poll | Stronger marks on economy | Inslee drops out of 2020 race | Hickenlooper running for Senate | Warren struggles to win over black voters | McConnell pushes back on Dem talk of killing filibuster | Trump to honor Celtics legend Bob Cousy | Service dogs attend musical


IN 2020 NEWS

3 out, 22 remain:

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate MORE (D) dropped out of the presidential race last night.

In Inslee's words: "It's become clear I'm not going to be carrying the ball, I'm not going to be president. So I'm withdrawing tonight from the race." 

Watch Inslee's announcement with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowConservative network files defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC Meteorologists call out Trump after Alabama hurricane map How the media can save itself, before Donald Trump destroys it MORE:

Would Inslee have qualified for the next debates?: His campaign announced on Monday that he had reached the 130,000 donor threshold to qualify but had not yet reached the polling threshold. He had until Aug. 28 to qualify.


How Inslee ended his announcement email to supporters: This is poetic.

This I will miss: NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald tweeted, "All the best @TheOnion 2020 stories were on Jay Inslee, imho." Examples:

Did you know that Jay Inslee doodles?: Here are a few of his doodles. I'm a fan of the bear on a surfboard:



Via The Associated Press's Rachel La Corte, Jay Inslee will announce he is running for reelection as governor of Washington. 



Candidates have until Aug. 28 to qualify for the next debate. 12 candidates have still not qualified. "And if you can't make the debate, it becomes very, very hard to hang on as a credible candidate."


Already in the 2020 dropout club:

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE (D), who suspended his presidential campaign last week, announced he is running for Senate.

Hickenlooper's reasoning: "I don't think [Republican Colorado Sen.] Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's hurricane forecast controversy won't go away MORE understands that the games he's playing with Donald Trump and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE are hurting the people of Colorado. We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense." 

Watch his Senate campaign announcement video:


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Approval, schmaroval:
62 percent of Americans disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE's performance, according to a new Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

His approval: Thirty-six percent approve of Trump. While that is low compared to former President Obama, the AP noted that Trump's approval rating has remained between 32 and 42 percent during his time in office. 

What percent approve of Trump's handling of the economy: 46 percent of Americans. Voters still give Trump stronger marks on the economy than other issues. Trump has been pushing back over talk of an impending recession.

The full poll:



Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs tweeted, "That sweaty gaggle lasted nearly 40 minutes in almost 90 degree DC heat. One reporter's cellphone auto-shut down due to the hot temperature, midway through Trump's remarks." Yay, August in D.C.!



It's the climb:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE faces an uphill climb in winning support from African American voters, say Democratic strategists and other political observers."

How so: Warren has been increasing in the polls but is still struggling to attract support from black voters. 

Meeeanwhile: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORE has dominated among black voters. 

The polls to back it up:


Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are tied in Arizona, according to a new OH Predictive Insights poll.

The numbers: The poll shows Biden leading Trump 45 to 43 percent. Trump leads Warren 44 to 43 percent. Both fall within the margin of error.



McConnell orders matching Team Filibuster T-shirts:

In a New York Times op-ed today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argues against killing the filibuster. 

Excerpt: "Yes, the Senate's design makes it difficult for one party to enact sweeping legislation on its own. Yes, the filibuster makes policy less likely to seesaw wildly with every election. These are features, not bugs. Our country doesn't need a second House of Representatives with fewer members and longer terms. America needs the Senate to be the Senate."

Read McConnell's full NYT op-ed:



Back in the ring:
Via Reuters, a South Korean official told reporters that the U.S. and North Korea are expected to start denuclearization talks again. "My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well," South Korea's deputy national security adviser, Kim Hyun-chong, said without elaborating.



South Korea is reportedly ending an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan over trade and diplomacy disputes.






The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Utah today.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Merit Medical in Utah.

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Salt Lake City and heads back to Washington, D.C.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks in Utah on trade. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanWilliamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum MORE (D-Ohio) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyWilliamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Krystal Ball: Reality debunks Biden's 'Medicare for all' smear MORE (D-Md.), who are both running for president, participate in a climate change forum in New Hampshire. Livestream:



Today is National Pecan Torte Day.


I aspire to perform in front of future service dogs:

Via CNN's Scottie Andrew, service dogs attended a musical as part of their training. 

Aw!: "At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handlers' feet while their humans enjoy the show. ... They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance, but a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show."


And because this is adorable, here's a puppy who should be in a video game. Make sure your sound is on: